Specialty Classes


Specialty classes give you a chance to broaden your horizons and pursue your diving interests. We try to offer at least one specialty per month, so give us a call to find out our schedule. Even if we don't have your class scheduled, let us know you're interested and we'll set one up. Please scroll down or click on a link above to find out more about the classes we offer.

Abalone Seminar

Find out the latest news on tasty abalone! This meeting covers some of the hunting rules and regulations, as well as some general tips.

Clipart of a diver equalizingDeep Diver

Come experience the rapture of the deep blue with SLO Ocean Currents. The Deep Diving Course involves one lecture and four guided deep dives. You must be an Advanced Open Water diver to take this course.

IcebergDrysuit Diver

This course introduces you to the maintenance and use of a drysuit. It is intended for new owners and is included with the purchase of a new drysuit, but even long time owners can learn a thing or two.

Person doing CPREmergency First Responder

Join SLO Ocean Currents for the PADI Emergency First Response Course. The Emergency First Response Course is designed for use by all walks of life. This course is for people seeking first aid / CPR training to meet diving course requirements, personal enhancement, or as part of a community service activity. Studies have shown that many people fail to provide care in an emergency for fear of doing it wrong. Rather than stressing perfect performance, this course teaches competent care through scenario practice. In a relaxed environment, our instructors provide guidance and tips during the student conducted scenarios because competent care given is better than perfect care withheld. $75 includes book and certificate.

Mask, tank, and finsEnriched Air (Nitrox)

Learn how to dive safely while breathing increased percentages of oxygen. Stay underwater longer, get back into the water sooner, and now you can even get your certification without any required dives!

Snorkel gearEquipment Specialist

The course covers maintenance, storage, preparation, common problems, and infield repairs. We'll also take a look at a variety of different types of gear to familiarize you with what's out there. This course can help you when selecting personal gear, working with rental or borrowed gear, and can make you a hero in the eyes of all your dive buddies! Remember to bring all your gear to class (and what you don't have we will provide). Tuition is $75 plus books and certification fees.

Clipart of a diver with a lightNight Diver

Have you ever stayed out late to watch a meteor shower, a passing comet, or perhaps Mars? It's amazing how much more the sky has to offer after the sun goes down, and the ocean waters are no different. Learning how to be comfortable diving at night opens you up to a whole new world of diving. Many of the ocean's creatures feed at night and hide during the day. Witnessing this changing of the guard first hand is something every diver should have an opportunity to do. That's why we offer the Night Diving course. Learn the safety techniques specific to night diving to ensure you have safe, fun night dives and get the most out of your adventures.

BalloonPeak Performance Buoyancy

Buoyancy control is a skill that you use on every single dive you ever do. It's something that you can always make just a little bit better. Why not get a jump start on your buoyancy? With the Peak Performance Buoyancy class, you learn many of the techniques you can apply towards achieving effortless neutral buoyancy underwater. This course goes beyond simply wearing the correct amount of weight. You'll learn not only how to find out what the perfect amount of weight is for any situation, but also how to distribute that weight across your body. We'll practice different techniques and tricks in the pool before we head to the ocean for a few hands on dives.

Clipart of a diver with treasureSearch & Recovery

Who says you can't take it with you? Learn how to properly and safely salvage those goodies you find underwater. From finding the good stuff in the first place through bringing it back to the surface, this course covers it all.

Clipart of a diver with a fishUnderwater Hunter

Do you enjoy the thrill of the hunt? Are you tired of those "fresh" fish you're always bringing home from the market? Our Underwater Hunter course is just for you! This course covers the equipment required for different types of hunting, the techniques used for successful hunting, as well as awareness of how to hunt responsibly (and legally!). The course includes a lecture portion, usually a practice pool session, and a boat trip to the Channel Islands to hone your skills. Taught exclusively by Anthony Reynolds, this is a must take class for any aspiring freediver or scuba diver interested in spearfishing, chasing lobster, and taking other game.

Clipart of diver and fishUnderwater Naturalist

"What was that?!!" Tired of saying that after each dive? Come take the Underwater Naturalist Specialty Course. This course will discuss local marine wildlife identification, habits, and behavior. The course structure is under development, and will likely include one or two lectures per month over a couple of months. We'd like to go in depth with this course, so if you're interested let us know how you would like it structured. Other possibilities include a trip to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.

CompassUnderwater Navigation

Do you like to get lost beneath the waves? Most of us do, that's why we're divers! However, most of us also dislike really getting lost beneath the waves. That's why we're happy to offer the Underwater Navigation Specialty Course. This course includes a lecture and three guided dives. Learn how to use your compass as well as natural navigation to effectively get around underwater, find what you're looking for, and avoid long surface swims.

CameraUnderwater Photography

This class teaches you how to properly select and maintain your underwater photography equipment in addition to general photography techniques and underwater photography techniques. This course covers the use of both film and digital cameras as well as an introduction to image enhancement and modification with Adobe Photoshop. Not sure if you want to make the investment in an underwater system quite yet? Rental systems are available for you to use during the class.

WreckWreck Diver

This course introduces you to the safety techniques employed while wreck diving. You'll learn what you need to do to enjoy safe and enjoyable penetration of these underwater marvels. This course typically includes a trip to San Diego for a day of boat diving on the wrecks of the Yukon and Ruby E.

SLO Ocean Currents
3121 South Higuera, Suite B
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 544-7227 or (805) 544-DIVE
FAX: (805) 541-DIVE
MON - FRI: 10AM - 6PM
SAT: 10AM - 5PM
SUN: 12PM - 4PM (Closed Sundays November - March)
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